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The home that never was: rethinking space and memory in late nineteenth and twentieth-century Jewish history

Das Zuhause, das es nie gegeben hat: neue Überlegungen zu Raum und Erinnerung in der jüdischen Geschichte des späten 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts
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Wolff, Frank

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Abstract "Recent research on Jewish migration and 'Jewish spaces' usually asks for the relevance of 'Jewish spaces' in Jewish life. This article looks the other way and examines how the changing conditions of Jewish life altered emigrant's perceptions of their 'old home' in East Europe. It argues that in Jewish memory East Europe functioned as a mythscape which changed from a repressive and revolutionary over a progressive to the lost 'old home'. As a result the article calls to more carefully historicize processes of Jewish memory and spatial semantics as expressions of relations between conflicting groups." (author's abstract)
Keywords Eastern Europe; nineteenth century; twentieth century; Jew; Judaism; memory; identification; identity formation; mythology; social space; semantics; social differentiation; Europe
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research; Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 197-215
Journal Historical Social Research, 38 (2013) 3
Issue topic Space/ time practices and the production of space and time - Raum/ Zeit Praktiken und die Produktion von Raum und Zeit
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works